What is PCOS?

Learn more about this common hormonal disorder that impacts women.

Are you dealing with irregular or abnormal menstrual cycles? If so, one of the most common reasons could be a hormonal condition known as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The CDC reports that PCOS impacts as many as 5 million US women of reproductive age (but it probably affects even more than that); If you suspect that you might have PCOS, it’s time to turn to our Arcadia, CA, OBGYN Dr. Anya Rose and Dr. Megan Gau.

What Causes PCOS?

Unfortunately, we don’t know much about PCOS and why some women develop it and others don’t. Some factors that may play a role include insulin resistance or high insulin levels as well as high levels of androgens (aka “male hormones”). 

Are There Other Health Problems Associated With PCOS?

While we don’t know if PCOS causes these health problems or if these health problems cause PCOS, there is a link between PCOS and diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and depression.

What Are the Warning Signs Of PCOS?

PCOS symptoms may include,

  • Missed periods, infrequent or prolonged periods
  • Unwanted hair on the face or other parts of the body
  • Acne or oily skin
  • Hair loss or thinning hair
  • Trouble losing weight
  • Darkening of the skin

Does PCOS Go Away After Menopause?

Since PCOS impacts women of childbearing age, it seems only natural to think that this condition should go away once a woman goes through menopause; however, this condition can still impact women even after childbearing years. That's why it's important that you have an OBGYN that you trust to provide you with the ongoing care and support you'll need to navigate PCOS before, during and after menopause.

How is PCOS Treated?

While PCOS isn’t curable, it can be managed with the help of our Arcadia, CA, OBGYN.  We can work with you to create a treatment plan based on your needs and symptoms. We can help manage symptoms to improve fertility and reduce your risk of developing conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Ways to treat PCOS include,

  • Birth control pills to lower androgen levels and control menstrual cycles
  • Progestin therapy to regulate periods
  • Diabetes medication to improve insulin resistance
  • Lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet and regular exercise
  • Medications to treat symptoms of PCOS such as unwanted hair or acne

If you are worried that your abdominal pain and irregular menstrual cycles could be due to PCOS, our Arcadia, CA, OBGYNs are here to provide support, guidance and advice along the way. Call Rose Women's Health at (626) 461-7071 to schedule a consultation.

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